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The cast of various playable characters, plus Flying Man, Porky, and Dr. Andonuts
At the beginning of the game, players are required to assign names for their party

Playable characters, also referred to as party or playable cast, are the characters that can be controlled by the player. The EarthBound series has various different playable characters with each installment having a new set of playable characters. Most characters are young kids or teenagers, although in Mother 3 adults are playable as well.

EarthBound Beginnings

Main characters

EarthBound Beginnings has four main characters that are playable in the game. At the beginning of the game, the player must assign names to each character, with a limit of seven letters for the name. If another character or enemy in the game uses that name, the player cannot use that name for the character (e.g. the name "Maria" can't be used). Below are the characters with their default names:

Ninten Lloyd Ana Teddy
Ninten EBB Artwork.png Lloyd EBB Artwork.png Ana EBB Artwork.png Teddy EBB Artwork.png

Equipment

Each character has a unique set of weapons to equip to raise their Offense. Ninten's primary weapons are baseball bat, Lloyd's primary weapons are guns, Ana uses frying pans, and Teddy uses knives and swords. Additionally, slingshots and the boomerang are universal weapons that any character can equip. Defense raising equips are also universal.

Age

Excluding Teddy, the ages of the cast are found in Encyclopedia MOTHER:

  • Ninten: 12
  • Lloyd: 11
  • Ana: 12

Notes

Only 3 characters can be in the party at a time. Normally Teddy replaces Lloyd once the player reaches Ellay, and then Lloyd replaces him on Mt. Itoi. Lloyd is the only party member required to beat the game and Teddy and Ana are optional, using sequence breaks there are different configurations for the party the player can have at the end of the game:

  • Ninten, Lloyd, Ana
  • Ninten, Ana, Teddy
  • Ninten, Lloyd
  • Ninten, Ana
  • Ninten

Additional character

In addition to this, there is also a temporary party member that is playable in game, who is:

Pippi
Pippi.jpg

Pippi is a 7 year old girl who temporarily joins Ninten at the beginning of the game. Unlike other temparory party members, she is interestingly the only temporary party member who can be controlled by the player. Another interesting fact is her stats are identical to Teddy's, this isn't noticed easily at first because Teddy joins at level 18, unlike Pippi who joins at level 1.

EarthBound

Main characters

As with EarthBound Beginnings there are four main characters. Like EarthBound Beginnings the player must name each character at the start of the game, however the character limit has been reduced to five. Selecting the "Don't care" key will assign a set of default names depending on the character. This time all four can be playable at once:

Ness Paula Jeff Poo
Ness.png Paula.png Jeff.png Poo.png

The four playable characters appearences in EarthBound have been noted to be very similar to the appearances of the characters in the predecessor (sans Poo and Teddy), and some fans consider them to be the same characters. Shigesato Itoi confirmed that he intentionally designed them to be similar to allow players to decide whether they're the same or different.

Equipment

The equipment for the cast is relatively similar to the characters in EarthBound Beginnings: Ness uses baseball bats, Paula uses frying pans, Jeff uses guns, and Poo uses swords.

Age

Unlike EarthBound Beginnings the ages were left vauge by Shigesato Itoi.

  • The EarthBound Player's Guide and official UK website claims Ness is 13, however when asked about his age Shigesato Itoi said he never had an official age, and instead compared him to his daughter who was in 4th or 5th garde at the time, implying Ness might actually be younger than what the player's guide and UK website claims. Additionally most sources in Japan state Ness is 12 years old.
  • the UK website says Paula is 11 years old.
  • Jeff is the same age as Ness so he could be 13 years old or younger.
  • Poo is left vague, with the player's guide saying he is "a little older than Ness".

Mother 3

Main characters

There are four main characters and all are playable in the party starting Chapter 5 and onwards. Prior to this there are different playable characters depending on the chapter. At the beginning of the game the player names Lucas and his family (now with an eight characters limit) as opposed to all of the main characters, instead the other main characters will be named when they're met. As with EarthBound the don't care option assigns their default names. The four main characters are:

Lucas Kumatora Duster Boney
Lucas M3 Sprite Upscaled.png Kumatora M3 Sprite Upscaled.png Duster M3 Sprite Upscaled.png Boney M3 Sprite Upscaled.png

Lucas is first playable in the prologue, Kumatora is first playable in Chapter 2, and Duster and Boney are first playable in Chapter 1.

Temporary playable characters

Before Chapter 4 each chapter has a different playable character assigned to the role of the chapter:

Flint Salsa Claus
SSBU Spirit Flint.png SSBU Spirit Salsa.png SSBU Spirit Claus.png

Flint is the main character in Chapter 1, where he is searching for his wife Hinawa who was killed by a Mecha Drago. Later his older son Claus goes to the mountains to get revenge on the Drago who killed Hinawa, and Flint goes off to search for him, but Claus was nowhere to be found.

Salsa is a monkey who is playable in Chapter 3, where he was captured by the Pigmask Army and is forced to work for Fassad in order to save his girlfriend.

Claus is Lucas's older twin brother who is briefly playable in the prologue. He helps Lucas defeat a Mole Cricket who challenges Lucas for a battle.

Game data

Stat comparison

In EarthBound Beginnings

Ninten sprite.png
Ninten
Lloyd sprite.png
Lloyd
Ana sprite.png
Ana
Teddy sprite.png
Teddy
Stat Growth rate Comparison
Offense 4
★★★★☆
Defense 4
★★★★☆
Fight 4
★★★★☆
Speed 4
★★★★☆
Wisdom 4
★★★☆☆
Strength 4
★★★★☆
Force 4
★★★★☆
Total 28
Stat Growth rate Comparison
Offense 3
★★★☆☆
Defense 1
★☆☆☆☆
Fight 3
★★★☆☆
Speed 1
★☆☆☆☆
Wisdom 5
★★★★★
Strength 3
★★★☆☆
Force 2
★☆☆☆☆
Total 18
Stat Growth rate Comparison
Offense 0
★☆☆☆☆
Defense 2
★★☆☆☆
Fight 0
★☆☆☆☆
Speed 2
★★☆☆☆
Wisdom 6
★★★★☆
Strength 2
★☆☆☆☆
Force 7
★★★★★
Total 19
Stat Growth rate Comparison
Offense 8
★★★★★
Defense 8
★★★★★
Fight 8
★★★★★
Speed 8
★★★★★
Wisdom 1
★☆☆☆☆
Strength 5
★★★★★
Force 3
★★★☆☆
Total 41
Pippi sprite.png
Pippi
Stat Growth rate Comparison
Offense 8
★★★★★
Defense 8
★★★★★
Fight 8
★★★★★
Speed 8
★★★★★
Wisdom 1
★☆☆☆☆
Strength 5
★★★★★
Force 3
★★★☆☆
Total 41

In EarthBound

Ness sprite.png
Ness
Paula sprite.png
Paula
Jeff sprite.png
Jeff
Poo sprite.png
Poo
Stat Growth rate Comparison
Offense 18
★★★★☆
Defense 5
★★★☆☆
Speed 5
★★☆☆☆
Guts 7
★★★★★
Vitality 5
★★★★★
IQ 5
★★★☆☆
Luck 6
★★★★★
Total 51
Stat Growth rate Comparison
Offense 12
★★☆☆☆
Defense 3
★☆☆☆☆
Speed 8
★★★★★
Guts 5
★★★☆☆
Vitality 2
★☆☆☆☆
IQ 7
★★★★☆
Luck 5
★★★★☆
Total 42
Stat Growth rate Comparison
Offense 10
★☆☆☆☆
Defense 6
★★★★☆
Speed 4
★☆☆☆☆
Guts 5
★★★☆☆
Vitality 3
★★★☆☆
IQ 9
★★★★★
Luck 4
★★★☆☆
Total 41
Stat Growth rate Comparison
Offense 20
★★★★★
Defense 18
★★★★★
Speed 7
★★★★☆
Guts 3
★☆☆☆☆
Vitality 4
★★★★☆
IQ 4
★☆☆☆☆
Luck 3
★☆☆☆☆
Total 59

PSI learnset

In EarthBound Beginnings

Ninten sprite.png
Ninten
Ana sprite.png
Ana
Level Move name
Start
Telepathy
'
3
LifeUp α
alpha
4
Hypnosis
'
5
Healing α
alpha
7
DefenseUp α
alpha
9
Def.Down α
alpha
11
4th-D Slip
'
13
PSIShield α
alpha
14
QuickUp
'
16
Healing β
beta
18
OffenseUp
'
19
Healing γ
gamma
22
Healing π
pi
24
DefenseUp β
beta
27
Def.Down β
beta
29
LifeUp β
beta
30
PSIShield β
beta
33
LifeUp γ
gamma
34
PowerShield
'
35
SuprHealing
'
38
LifeUp π
pi
Event
Teleport
'
Level Move name
Start
Telepathy
'
Start
LifeUp β
beta
2
PK Freeze α
alpha
2
PK Thunder α
alpha
3
BrainShock
'
4
PSIShield α
alpha
5
PK Beam α
alpha
6
Healing α
alpha
7
PSI-Magnet
'
8
PK Freeze β
beta
8
PSI-Block
'
9
Hypnosis
'
9
PK Thunder β
beta
9
PSIShield β
beta
11
PK Beam β
beta
12
LifeUp γ
gamma
13
Healing β
beta
14
Healing γ
gamma
15
Healing π
pi
15
Paralysis
'
17
PK Fire α
alpha
18
SuprHealing
'
19
Shield-Off
'
20
Darkness
'
21
PK Freeze γ
gamma
22
LifeUp π
pi
24
PowerShield
'
25
PK Beam γ
gamma
26
BrainCyclone
'
27
PK Fire β
beta
28
PK Thunder γ
gamma
29
PK Freeze Ω
omega
31
PK Fire γ
gamma
33
PK Beam Ω
omega
34
LifeUp Ω
omega
35
PK Fire Ω
omega
Event
Teleport
'

In EarthBound

Ness sprite.png
Ness
Paula sprite.png
Paula
Poo sprite.png
Poo
Level Move name
2
Lifeup α
alpha
4
Hypnosis α
alpha
8
PSI Rockin α
alpha
10
Healing α
alpha
12
Shield α
alpha
14
Paralysis α
alpha
18
PSI Flash α
alpha
20
Lifeup β
beta
22
PSI Rockin β
beta
24
Healing β
beta
27
Hypnosis Ω
omega
29
Paralysis Ω
omega
34
Shield β
beta
38
PSI Flash β
beta
39
Lifeup γ
gamma
49
PSI Rockin γ
gamma
53
Healing γ
gamma
61
PSI Flash γ
gamma
67
PSI Flash Ω
omega
70
Lifeup Ω
omega
75
PSI Rockin Ω
omega
Event
Teleport α
alpha
Event
Teleport β
beta
Level Move name
1
PSI Freeze α
alpha
3
PSI Fire α
alpha
6
PSI Shield α
alpha
8
PSI Thunder α
alpha
11
PSI Freeze β
beta
15
PSI Magnet α
alpha
19
PSI Fire β
beta
21
Offense up α
alpha
24
PSI Magnet Ω
omega
25
PSI Thunder β
beta
26
PSI Shield Σ
sigma
29
Defense down α
alpha
31
PSI Freeze γ
gamma
37
PSI Fire γ
gamma
40
Offense up Ω
omega
46
PSI Freeze Ω
omega
51
PSI Shield β
beta
54
Defense down Ω
omega
57
PSI Thunder γ
gamma
60
PSI Shield Ω
omega
64
PSI Fire Ω
omega
Level Move name
15
PSI Freeze α
alpha
15
PSI Freeze β
beta
15
PSI Thunder α
alpha
15
PSI Thunder β
beta
15
Lifeup α
alpha
15
Lifeup β
beta
15
Healing α
alpha
15
Healing β
beta
15
Shield α
alpha
15
Shield Σ
sigma
16
Shield β
beta
17
Teleport α
alpha
18
Teleport β
beta
21
PSI Magnet α
alpha
24
Brainshock α
alpha
27
PSI Magnet Ω
omega
33
PSI Freeze γ
gamma
36
Healing γ
gamma
41
PSI Thunder γ
gamma
44
Brainshock Ω
omega
46
Lifeup γ
gamma
51
Shield Ω
omega
52
Healing Ω
omega
55
PSI Thunder Ω
omega
Event
PSI Starstorm α
alpha
Event
PSI Starstorm Ω
omega

In Mother 3

Lucas M3 Sprite Upscaled.png
Lucas
Kumatora M3 Sprite.png
Kumatora
Level Move name
14
Offense Up α
alpha
17
Defense Up α
alpha
18
Lifeup β
beta
22
Shield α
alpha
25
Healing β
beta
27
Counter α
alpha
28
PSI Shield α
alpha
30
Defense Up Ω
omega
33
PSI Counter α
alpha
35
Shield Ω
omega
36
Offense Up Ω
omega
39
Healing γ
gamma
43
Lifeup γ
gamma
45
PSI Shield Ω
omega
50
Lifeup Ω
omega
51
Counter Ω
omega
53
PSI Counter Ω
omega
56
Healing Ω
omega
58
Refresh
'
Event
Lifeup α
alpha
Event
Healing α
alpha
Event
PK Love α
alpha
Event
PK Love β
beta
Event
PK Love γ
gamma
Event
PK Love Ω
omega
Event
PK Flash
'
Level Move name
Start
PK Fire α
alpha
Start
PK Freeze α
alpha
11
Lifeup α
alpha
12
PK Thunder α
alpha
14
Healing α
alpha
15
Offense Down α
alpha
17
Paralysis α
alpha
19
Defense Down α
alpha
21
Hypnosis α
alpha
23
PK Fire β
beta
25
Brainshock α
alpha
27
PSI Magnet α
alpha
28
PK Freeze β
beta
29
Paralysis Ω
omega
31
Lifeup β
beta
32
PK Thunder β
beta
35
Hypnosis Ω
omega
37
Offense Down Ω
omega
38
PK Freeze γ
gamma
40
Defense Down Ω
omega
43
PK Fire γ
gamma
45
PSI Magnet Ω
omega
47
Brainshock Ω
omega
49
PK Thunder γ
gamma
51
PK Freeze Ω
omega
53
PK Fire Ω
omega
57
PK Thunder Ω
omega
60
PK Ground
'
Event
PK Starstorm
'

See also

List of party members in the EarthBound series


Mother Characters of
EarthBound Beginnings
Mother
Main Party
Ninten sprite.png
Ninten
Lloyd sprite.png
Lloyd
Ana sprite.png
Ana
Teddy sprite.png
Teddy
Allies
GeorgeMaria
Mimmie and MinniePippi
Queen MaryFlying MenEve
Villain
Giegue
Others
MickMrs. LindgrenA. GoodmanAbbottMysterious Goods-KeeperMysterious MimickerBenevolent Old ManForgotten ManGoldrich DuncanOld Sawbones BennyMysterious TeacherSuzyBuggerror RosemaryTom GarricksonGarrickson babyLloyd's fatherBla-Bla GangAbleBaker
List of all characters


EarthBound Characters of
EarthBound
EarthBound
Main Party
Ness sprite.png
Ness
Paula sprite.png
Paula
Jeff sprite.png
Jeff
Poo sprite.png
Poo
Allies
Buzz BuzzTracyRunaway FiveApple KidTonyBubble MonkeyDr. AndonutsMr. SaturnTendaFlying Man
Antagonists
FrankCaptain StrongEverdredMr. CarpainterGeldegarde Monotoli
Villains
Master BelchMani-Mani StatueNess's NightmarePokey MinchGiygas
Others
Ness's motherNess's fatherKingPicky MinchLardna MinchAloysius MinchLier X. AgeratePhoto-ManB.H. PirkleRuffiniPaula's familyOrange KidMr. PoochyfudGonzaresMaxwellTessieBrick RoadSebastianGeorge MontagueGerardo MontagueSanchez BrothersSesame seedPenetella GiovanniMiss FakeVenusMr. SpoonElectraJackieWarp ManTalah RamaMan K. ManMonkonnaRisosha RichmondeMr. ForkPoo's MasterStar MasterRed SnakeAy-go StikkeNicoMr. PrettymanEnrich Flavor
List of all characters
Mother 3 Characters of
Mother 3
Mother 3
Main Party
Lucas sprite1.png
Lucas
Kumatora M3 Sprite.png
Kumatora
Duster M3 Sprite.png
Duster
Boney stand.png
Boney
Allies
FlintHinawaClausAlecMagypsiesWessSalsaDragosDCMCMr. SaturnLeder
Antagonists
Pigmask ArmyFierce Pork TrooperFassadMasked ManPorky
Others
AbbeyAbbotAngieBateauBetsyBiffBobBrendaBronsonBudButchCarolineDonaEdFuelIsaacJackieJillJonelLighterLisaLouMattMapsonMikeNanNanaNippolyteOlliePusherReggieRichieSebastianTessieThomas
List of all characters
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